|10-02-2013 12:47 AM|
|nimah749||Thank you so much! I will try what you suggested.|
|09-26-2013 01:56 PM|
|Mary Beth||What may work better with Suki is when she sees another dog -you turn abruptly, even bump into her, so she has to follow you. The idea is not let her focus on the other dog and stare because that is when she will tune you out. Also it helps to train her on a word or sound that means "let's go, you will be rewarded with a treat". Start this by practicing inside with her off leash- let her you ahead of you and whistle or use a short special word - when she looks up - turn immediately and when she follows you - reward her. Then practice with the leash and outside in quiet areas - always make this fun. That is building your groundwork for focus. In the meantime, not only do you need to stand in front of her but cup your hand gently under her nose and that way she has to look at you - hold the treat in front of her nose than give it to her when she is focused.|
|09-25-2013 11:59 PM|
same issue, not responding to treats
Hi all, I am having the same issue with my dog Suki, but it's like she goes into "the zone" and ignores all treats and commands as soon as she sees a dog of interest, even from 20 yards away (again, only certain dogs, some dogs she is fine with). She won't make eye contact w me at these times, even if I step in front of her or make excited noises.
She is very attentive, good eye contact, food motivated and submissive at home and in dog training class, so I'm not sure how to make her good behavior translate over into on-leash walks. Any advice? I have had her for 3 months now so maybe it will just take more time, but I am at my wits end right now.
|09-20-2013 10:33 AM|
I used the method discussed earlier, yesterday when she was startled while trying to get her to do her business. I stepped in front, put a treat up to her nose and told her to sit. While she was still attentive to what was happening behind me, she sat and quit barking. So, this seems to be affective.
I agree that I probably need to work with her away from the apartment and then build her up at home after shes got the hang of it. Also going to research some trainers, if it's not to expensive I might look into that.
|09-20-2013 09:05 AM|
Mary Beth has a good point too about her having practiced these behaviours for awhile now. It will take a ton of time, persistence & patience. You may find a trainer to be very helpful, although beware of someone promising you a quick fix.
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|09-19-2013 02:20 PM|
|Mary Beth||Since this has been going on for a whole year and your gsd is now 2 years-old, I really suggest you contact a trainer if there is one in your area. Her behavior is ingrained and it will take a lot of time and work -you can do it yourself but I think it will take a whole different approach on your walks around the apt area. By now, she thinks she is patrolling her territory, plus there is the whole repeating actions set up -where she barks or lunges at another dog - she tunes you out -you swat her to get attention and then drag her away. I would start from the beginning - and train her away from the apt. area if possible. She needs to focus on you and learn to heel well (that will at least impress the other tenants as they will see a well trained dog). Also I would not have her approach other dogs when she is being walked. That way she cannot take over and act up, instead she has to focus on you.|
|09-19-2013 09:51 AM|
I didn't really think about her not hearing me... thank you for the perspective. I'll just have to work on my patience a bit, but I know training treats work really well for behavior training. So I'll try the methods you've suggested. Thanks!
|09-18-2013 10:56 PM|
|Mary Beth||Jen has excellent advice and I would do that. Since she is mostly fine at the dog park and the problem is happening around the apt., where I assume she is being walked on leash, then it could also be leash aggression. Also the other dogs are now in her territory since she no longer has a yard. When you walk her, try to curve around the other dogs, keep a distance, and do the reward as Jen suggested. When she barks when she sees another dog - stand in front of her - so she will have to notice you, and have her sit - give a treat immediately when she is quiet - putting your hand gently on top of her nose does have a quieting effect. If you have classes in your area, you may want to sign up, that will help her learn to concentrate on you when there are other dogs around.|
|09-18-2013 05:15 PM|
I would avoid swatting her (no matter how lightly) it would still contribute a negative feeling to an already negative situation. She isn't likely ignoring you so much as she is overwhelmed by the situation she finds herself in, she literally does not hear you.
I personally use classical conditioning in these situations but it takes a lot of time and patience.
Sit on a park bench and feed her every time she sees a dog, eventually you can move over to the dog park and repeat, then stand beside the fence at the dog park and feed. When walking her if she see a dog and gets upset start feeding her and walk away, or take her to the side far enough away from the dog and feed her till the other dog passes.
If it is fear you are building her confidence by telling her everything is ok and she knows you have her back when she is afraid and that you can just leave.
|09-18-2013 02:05 PM|
Random aggression toward dogs
I've read through several posts on here and I've found some ideas that I'm going to try with this issue, but I wanted to see if I could get an opinion on my specific situation.
My Sadie who will be 2 next month, over the past year has developed a random aggression toward dogs. Some dogs shes absolutely just fine with, others she'll bark at from a distance, and still others she'll act friendly until they get close and then she starts barking and snarling.
During her first year my wife and I owned a home, so she had her own yard, etc. We socialized her quite well, took her to PetSmart, dog parks, etc. She was always so friendly, a little timid, until she warmed up. But she was never aggressive, until we moved into an apartment.
Once we were settled in the new apartment she slowly started barking at other dogs and now it's really become a problem. I've tried getting her attention with other commands , telling her no, etc, giving her a light swat on her hind. She basically ignores me until I drag her away.
It's getting really frustrating, people won't come around us in our apartment complex when they see us with our dog cause they assume she's people aggressive based on her behavior toward dogs. When we take her to the dog park, she does fine with other dogs, she's still timid and if approached by multiple dogs at once she may stand her hackles up or bare her teeth, but otherwise she acts fine.
I'm going to try using treats again to get her attention to follow commands when distracted by other dogs. What else can I do?